Even after a few of its leading virtualization and cloud gurus departed for other pastures, Citrix is still going full steam ahead with its open source cloud strategy and its plans to offer the market powerful solutions designed to make the cloud more open, more secure, and more personal.
Last week, the company announced the acquisition of Cloud.com and its CloudStack product line, designed for the deployment and management of cloud services. Although financial terms were not disclosed, GigaOM and TechCrunch both reported the price tag to be in the $200 to $250 million range. If correct, that's a hefty price, but Citrix says the acquisition will help round out the company's cloud computing portfolio to now include the ability to build both public and private clouds.
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But acquiring Cloud.com isn't Citrix's first time at the orchestration rodeo. In 2008, the company announced Workflow Studio, its orchestration system that brought together XenServer and NetScaler to provision and de-provision servers on an on-demand basis. A year ago, Citrix acquired cloud and virtualization management vendor VMLogix, which offered management of both public and private clouds to bolster Citrix's OpenCloud infrastructure platform.
Sameer Dholakia, former CEO of VMLogix and now general manager of Citrix's Cloud Platforms Product Group, said the addition of Cloud.com would help Citrix target the transition from the PC era to the cloud era and expand beyond its Xen and NetScaler plays. He also noted this acquisition is very strategic to Citrix and would help accelerate what the company is doing in the cloud infrastructure marketplace.